Here we go again to cycle down the ‘Grand canyon’ along the river Etsch… Okay, that’s a bit to much but it remember me of some pics I’ve seen.
Many people were on their way, some from the Reschenpass who parked their car in Nauders and got a shuttle booked bringing them back from Verona. And many racing bikes on the training for the Tour de France – or something familiar…
And I had a really good tasting apple juice freshly made from the local fields.
Finally after 65 km I reached Trento where I got my train up to the Lago di Caldonazzo – thanks to Martin who gave me that advice to cycle along that lake.
Before boarding I had time to have a short look to that interesting town – worth a visit.
It was a really pity I couldn’t have a look into the cathedral as there was a service going on…
Up to St. Cristoforo I found a small camping with Pizzeria (really good selection for vegetarians) and got to know to a german couple I had a great Dinner with in that restaurant.
Wonderful day, perfect ride, sunny day and nice people – I would call that holiday!
So this day was a really varied one…
I started in Innsbruck with a little bit of rain and took the train up to the Brennero pass.
As I exit the train I first took out my woollen cap, the rainclothes, the long underwear and long gloves – 5 C.
Cycling down the perfect prepared track it got a little bit warmer so I could leave a part of the warm stuff time by time.
Visiting Brixen and Clausen I’ve seen again great cultural sites and an outstanding countryside.
On my way I passed the Trostburg and an old bridge I’ve been before with some friends.
About 15 km before entering Bolzano there is a small restaurant in the middle of nowhere – but next to the cyclepath.
And – they serve the bavarian organic beer ‘Riedenburger’ – so let’s have a pint…
And here I got the options to dry my clothes – hurray!
So now the bike was rolling a bit faster and I have to say that this part of today’s track was the most impressive.
So after 101 km I reached my really nice and new youthhostel and enjoyed a little bit of the ancient town.
Wow – in a weeks time I´ll be sitting in a small B&B in Kiefersfelden next to the Austrian border…
This year I´m going to explore a new country by bike – Italy. I´ve been there several times -as a child in Lido di Jesolo, with my first car in Toscany around Florence, with friends to the Lago di Garda – but never by bicycle…
As I´ve started my planings around November I´ve been always thinking I could take the alps via Fern- and Reschenpass as there are two shuttle options for cyclists.
But – there are also some hills to climb – and this is not the best option with a recumbent and a trailer having around 35 kg…
So some days ago I´ve decided with the help of a good friend to make a complete new plan and booked new B&Bs or youth hostels along the new track – crossing the alps via Brennero.
Rolling down to Bolzano I´m going to use the Etschtal cycle path – wich is also the Via Claudia Augusta – to Trento.
Here I will climb (or use the train) to the Lago di Caldonazzo and find my way down to Mestre along the beautiful cycle path Valsungana. So I´d like to visit Venice.
Now back westwards Í´d like to see Verona where I haven´t been for a long time.
After having visited Ferrara this first Part will end in Bologne.